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Research Group on Implementation of Language-Driven Software and Applications


ILSA is an interdisciplinary research group that brings together lecturers and researchers from several centers and departments at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM): the Computer Science School (Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, and Computing Systems and Computation Departments), the Arts Schools (Roman Philology, Slavic Philology and General Linguistic Department), and the Education Sciences School (Didactic and School Organization Department). The group research interests are: language-driven software development (i.e., software development using techniques borrowed from the field of design and implementation of computer languages), and application development in the fields of digital humanities and e-learning. ILSA is an UCM official research group (no. 962022).

As for language-driven software development, ILSA’s current research focuses on the foundations and applications of attribute grammars. In particular, we are working on the following topics:

Concerning application development, we have four main research topics:

In addition to our collaboration with a number of Spanish companies (e.g., BABEL, DyR and Varadero), ILSA is being founded by Google under the Google's Digital Humanities Award Program. Actually, a proposal of ILSA developed in collaboration with the LEETHI research group was awarded in 2010 with one of the 12 worldwide awards granted by Google for the development of the digital humanities. Moreover, ILSA has established relationships with several international research groups and institutions (Macquarie University, Australia: E-Learning Centre of Excellence; Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil: NUPILL and LAPESD research groups; Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile; Praga University, Czech Republic; Novi Sad University, Serbia, …). Besides, ILSA is a member of the EU COST network INTEREDITION, and some of its members participate in the AENOR subcommittees dealing with the standardization of learning technologies (AEN/CTN 36) and of linguistics and terminology (AEN/CTN 191), as well as in the ISO committee for the standardization of terminology, language resources and linguistic annotations (ISO/TC 37). ILSA is also a member of the Moncloa International Campus of Excellence (Cultural Heritage Cluster).